Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hello There!

I made this card a few days ago and didn't post it because I wasn't very happy with how it turned out. But, since I didn't have a chance to stamp today, I guess you could say it is a "back-up" posting. The sketch was inspired by Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch and the colors were inspired by Jaron's 1st Color Challenge (but, note that I did not include Soft Sky...retired.)

Stamps: Cheep Talk
Paper: Old Olive & Whisper White, Retired DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal
Other: Whisper White Organza, Coluzzle

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Scene in a Garden ~ SC226

Here's my attempt at the sketch challenge #226 over at Splitcoaststampers today. (Disclaimer: My watercoloring needs a little more practice:) I wanted to make a "Thinking of You" card for my father who had surgery last week. I love the rubber boots makes me think of my three kiddos...wonder if Dad will think of them, too:)

Stamps: Scene in a Garden
Paper: Garden Green CS, Watercolor, Flock Together DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, So Saffron & Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Blender Pen, Fire Square Rhinestone brads, Crafters Tool Kit, Scallop Circle & 1 3/8" Circle punches

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rockabilly Tart & Tangy ~ SC216 & TPE12

I combined the Color Challenge 216 at Splitcoaststampers using Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive & Whisper White with The Pink Elephant sketch challenge for this card.

The cherry patterns from the Rockabilly Specialty Designer Paper is so fun to work with, especially with the Tart & Tangy stamp set. The cherries have been covered with crystal effects to give them a shine, dimension, and a smooth texture. I wanted to add a greeting to the card front, but I had a difficult time deciding where and how to place it, so I left it as is.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White CS, Old Olive Prints DSP, Rockabilly Specialty DSP
Ink: Old Olive & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Crystal Effects, Eyelet Border, Scallop Circle & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Crafters Tool Kit, Dress Up Ribbon

Monday, April 27, 2009

Just Buzzin' By ~ MOJO 84

It's Monday...and that means that it's time to find your mojo with the Monday Mojo sketch challenge. Here's this week's sketch, Monday Mojo Week #84. At first, I was a little intimidated by this sketch, but I like how my card turned out.

I've used the Just Buzzin' By stamp set several times, but this is the first time that I have paired it with the Jackpot Designer Series Paper. I was drawn to purchasing the Jackpot DSP because of the classic colors of Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron & Very Vanilla. I haven't used it much, though, because a few of the patterns like the dice and playing chips aren't my style...but I LOVE the checks and diamond patterns in this pack. I used the red checks pattern a couple of days ago on my Cheery-Cherry card, too...go check it out:)

Stamps: Just Buzzin' By
Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black CS, Watercolor, Jackpot DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker
Other: Blender Pen, Fire Square Rhinestone Brads, Crafters Tool Kit, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle punches, Dress Up Ribbon

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jewelry Color Inspiration #34

Anyone who knows me also knows that have an obsession for stamping and for JEWELRY! I enjoy participating in other stamping challenges and want to share the fun by offering my own weekly Jewelry Color Inspiration challenge. The challenge will be posted each Sunday and will include a jewelry photo along with the link to the website where I found it.

If you want to play along, simply make a paper project (card, scrapbook page, or 3D item) that includes the colors indicated with the jewelry piece. (If you don't have the exact colors, just use ones that are similar:) Then, submit your creation to me by Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59 P.M. using the Mr. Linky box at the end of this posting. You may also wish to post your photo at using the keyword JCI.

Those of you who participate in the challenge will receive recognition the following what are you waiting for...join the fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

The fresh look of this "Spring" necklace from SavvyGirl & Company is accented with a silver piece and capped off with Swarovski crystals including mother of pearl, dyed jade and yellow turquoise. I have been visiting Cydney's SavvyGirl & Company blog for a few months now and am always amazed at her beautiful jewelry designs. I am thinking of treating myself one of her pieces for my birthday this summer. Trust me, you will be lost in her lovely designs as you scroll through them.

For my card, I used a the Clean & Simple Fall-to Layout #39 sketch as an inspiration along with this fresh color combination. Since I think this is my new favorite color combination, I also submitted it for the Our Creative Corner color challenge.

Stamps: Very Versatile
Paper: Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Going Gray CS, Flock Together DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum
Other: Big Shot, Little Leaves sizzlet, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain, Crafters Tool Kit

Jewelry Color Inspiration #33 Submissions

Anyone who knows me also knows that have an obsession for stamping and for JEWELRY! I enjoy participating in other stamping challenges and want to share the fun by offering my own weekly Jewelry Color Inspiration Challenge. The Jewelry Color Inspiration Challenge #32 was posted last Sunday and included a jewelry photo, color swatches, and my card along with the link to the website where I found it. Check back later to see the Jewelry Color Inspiration for this week!

The talented a creative, 3Fun, made this multi strand necklace called Tears of the Phoenix. The multi strand necklace was made of pure soft 100% Merino wool using the wet and needle felting techniques. Go check out 3Fun's etsy shop...she has some fabulous felt jewelry creations

The Jewelry Color Inspiration #33 definately inspired me this week with these bright and happy colors. My layout, however, was inspired by Julie's Delicate Dots Quilt Card that we made at our last group meeting. I just love using squares of DSP in this fashion...awesome!

Stamps: Oval All
Paper: Blush Blossom, Real Red, Whisper White CS, a variety of DSP patterns
Ink: Real Red, So Saffron, Regal Rose Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Texturz Plates #1, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain, 1 1/4" Square, Large Oval, and Oval Scallop Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks to Betty, Julie, LeAnne & Andrea for participating in last week's Jewelry Color Inspiration #33!


Julie Davison


Andrea R.

A Cheery-Cherry Note For You ~ CTD 39 & TECC65

With this "Cheery-Cherry" card, I used the inspiration from the Color Throwdown #39 using Real Red, Basic Black & Barely Banana, and the sketch, Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #65.

The cute little cherry image is from the very neglected Tart & Tangy stamp set and the coordinating designer paper with the cherry pattern is from the Rockabilly Specialty DSP. What a fun combination to use with the inspiration color combination and sketch!

Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Sweet Sentiments
Paper: Sweet Slumber & Rockabilly Specialty DSP, Barely Banana, Real Red, Whisper White CS
Ink: Black Stazon, Real Red
Other: Scallop Edge, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle punches, Crafters Tool Kit, Dress Up Ribbon Originals

Saturday, April 25, 2009

You've Got a Friend In Me ~ KWerner CI #50

Kristina is back with Color Inspiration #50 and some yummy prizes. Go check out her inspiration and all of fabulous entries!

I used some more of the On Board So Tweet chipboard for this colorful card. After running the Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot with the Texturz plates (backgrounds I), I traced and cut the pieces to adhere onto the chipboard birdie. The legs and beak were colored with Yoyo Yellow Stampin' Write Marker.

Stamps: Cheep Talk
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip CS, Flock Together DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Yoyo Yellow Marker
Other: Big Shot, Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Pacific Point Corduroy buttons, Stamp-a-majig, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Tombo Multi Adhesive

More Bleaching with Upsy Daisy

The Upsy Daisy silhouette stamp set is another perfect choice for the bleaching technique. This card was my swap card at our last group meeting, where I demonstrated this easy and "wow" technique with the group. To read more about the bleaching technique and see another example using a lined image, go to this previous post.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Thank You Kindly
Paper: Confetti Cream, Baja Breeze CS, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze
Other: Very Vanilla 5/8" Grosgrain, Household Bleach

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

guess whoo loves you!

My dad is having surgery on Friday, so I wanted to make him a special card to send. He is a wise man, so I thought the owl was perfect and he likes to be gushed over, so he'll love the heart eyes, too!

The awesome sketch for this card came from Sketch Challenge #225 at Splitcoaststampers. One great thing I love about the sketches at SCS is that usually the dimensions of the layers are listed so you can copy the sketch exactly. I got the idea for my chipboard owl and his loving eyes from my upline Julie. Isn't he just adorable?

Stamps: Owl Together Now
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss CS, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red & Summer Sun Stampin' Write Markers
Other: So Tweet Chipboard, Tombo Multi-purpose adhesive, 3/8" Jumbo Brads, Crafters Tool Kit, Big Shot, Texturz Plates (SU Backgrounds I), Sanding Blocks, Stampin' Dimensionals

Bleaching with Fifth Avenue Floral

I demonstrated the bleaching technique at our group meeting last night using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set on Basic Gray cardstock. To do your own bleaching, take a folded paper towel and place it in the bottom of a stampin' store container (or other plastic container), then liberally soak it with bleach. This becomes your "ink pad." After you get your stamp "inked" up with bleach, press on colored cardstock for several seconds before lifting to allow the bleach to penetrate the cardstock thoroughly. In just a minute or two, your image will appear...and you will notice the bleach will take on different shades with different colors of cardstock.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Thank You Kindly
Paper: Kraft, Basic Gray CS, Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Basic Gray
Other: Household bleach, Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Day to Remember ~ WSC77 & CC215

The Color Challenge #215 over at Splitcoaststampers this week includes Basic Gray, Rose Red, and Pink Pirouette. The Weekend Sketch Challenge #77 also inspired me to make this wedding card.

Something's wrong! It's not like me to leave out the ribbon and/or brads...and as you can tell, I didn't use my Stamp-a-majig for the second step in stamping the flower. I just couldn't throw the image's the "Go Green" gal in me, I guess.

The Walk in the Park Designer Series paper and the greeting from Very Versatile are both from the Occasions Mini catalog. It's not too late to get your free gift with a $40 purchase.

Stamps: Very Versatile, Flower Fancy
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White CS, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Rose Red, Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, and Designer Label punches, Crafters Tool Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals

Great Friend

I made this card for Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #14 and for Julie's Great Friend Card Contest.

Hmmm, after I posted this card, I realized that the sketch is a square card...oops! I may have to try my hand at this sketch again with a different color combination. The Walk in the Park DSP and Great Friend stamp set (both from the Occasions Mini catalog) are such a dynamic duo, and you gotta love those new Jumbo Grommets.

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Whisper White CS, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Other: Jumbo Grommets, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-majig, Pretties Kit, Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain, Eyelet Border Punch

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday ~ MOJO 83

I made this card for the sketch challenge over at Monday Mojo blog. This week's sketch, Monday Mojo #83, is a fabulous square design with several layers, a slanted focal point and embellishment.

One thing I wished I would've added is a couple of die-cut flowers behind the bottom corduroy buttons. But, since I adhered this greeting panel with pop-up glue dots, there was no going back:(

Stamps: Central Park
Paper: Kiwi Kiss textured cs, Basic Gray & Whisper White CS, Urban Oasis & Hand Drawn DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss
Other: Loop to Loop Rub-ons, Basic Gray Corduroy Buttons, Crafters Tool Kit, Scallop Edge Punch, Blooms Again Die-Cuts, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals